Syren Nagakyrieis creating Disability Community and Justice in the Outdoors
Every drop of water counts.
You will receive access to my patron-only feed where I will publish all of my articles, poetry, and blog posts. This is a great option for those who don't want to miss content. You will also be able to suggest topics and ask questions for me to write about later.
Every great tree begins as a sprout, and many sprouts lead to a great forest. You are contributing to my forest of support.
You also receive access to my patron-only feed so that you won't miss any content, and are welcome to contribute your feedback.
About Syren Nagakyrie
Disabled Hikers is building disability community and justice in the outdoors. Our vision is a culture transformed by fair representation, accessibility, and justice for disabled and all other marginalized outdoors people. We are unique because we are by disabled people, for disabled people. We center the diverse experiences of disability and build community among disabled and chronically ill folx around interdependence and autonomy, so that people can enjoy the outdoors on their own terms with the support of the disability community.
I am disabled and got so fed up with being excluded from outdoor groups and scouring hiking guides only to start out on a trail and still encounter multiple barriers. The project's motto: Love Your Self, Love Your Place highlights the power of love and belonging. The work I do includes writing trail guides, leading monthly free group hikes, contributing articles and interviews, and work with other organizations to improve accessibility and inclusion. I also maintain active social media platforms for the community. I train other disabled people to do the same things, so that this movement can grow across the country. I am committed to building an intersectional, accessible outdoors movement that does not perpetuate human supremacy over the environment or white/wealthy/abled supremacy over all other people.
Disabled Hikers is my primary project, but I have been involved in community building and activism for over 20 years. I've launched or organized countless organizations and projects. Just a few of them:
Started the community blog project Deepening Resilience: Earth-based Responses to Climate Change; co-founder of a network for monastic polytheist pagans; a founding board member of Gods&Radicals, organizer of the conference Many Gods West, founder of the Shekhinah Mountainwater Memorial Fund, co-founder of the Mother Grove Goddess Temple.
As a writer I’ve been published in many print anthologies, community zines, and online publications. I also write on my personal blog and I perform at readings. There is much more writing I plan to do, particularly around community, grief, the natural world, and critical issues.
Almost all of my useable hours per week go towards uncompensated community work. I have faced housing instability since 2017, following my divorce from an abusive husband. I currently live alone in a rural area and my disabilities prevent me from full-time wage labor. Your support helps me survive while I continue bringing this work to those that need it. As such, my focus is on doing the work rather than consistently updating this platform with new content. However, you will receive links and updates for all of the work that I am doing. I will occasionally share behind-the-scenes looks, invitations to private events, original stories, and special surprises.
Interlocking identities that I inhabit include white, queer, disabled, poor/working class background, domestic violence survivor, out of order death griever, with an anti-capitalist anti-colonialist intersectional feminist political lens.
My Patreon account is set up to 'charge up front'. What this means is that you will be charged for your first monthly pledge at the time you make it, regardless of when in the month you join. You will then be charged again on the 1st of the following month. This means that you will have access to my feed and to perks right away, and I will have access to funds more quickly! If this presents an issue for you, let me know and I would be happy to send you a reminder on the first of the month.
I have a more in depth discussion of why I decided to start a Patreon campaign and the potential it has for community building here.
Thank you! You are providing me soul and body nourishment! At this goal, I have the financial support I need to ensure I am able to sustain myself with healthy food, tea, and yes, coffee - adding more fuel to my work!
You will be supporting me for 15 hours per month of community work.
You probably know how challenging it can be to practice self-care while working hard to create and be of service, and especially how difficult that can be while managing chronic illness without financial resources. Reaching this goal will take a huge burden off of my shoulders and allow me to focus in a much healthier way on my work. As a thank you, once I reach this goal everyone who is contributing will receive a hand written personal thank you note. I sure do miss letters in the mail sometimes, don't you?